Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weigh-in no. 18: The "Christmas is coming!!" edition

Well, the snow's back.  With a vengeance.  We got about 8-9 inches on Thursday night and got about another inch between then and now.  The pups are loving it!  (In case you're wondering, Piggy's off snuffling around in the snow somewhere off-camera, so don't be worried that you can't see her).

Beyond that, no big news to report, really.  So this weigh-in might be a bit short because I've got lots to do today to get ready for my friends arriving tomorrow, inshallah.  Fingers crossed, prayers said, candles lit, chickens killed - whatever needs to be done - in order to make sure all flights run on schedule!  I have friends who are having a hard time leaving here to go to the U.S., but I think it's just because there's a backlog and their original flights were canceled, so the airlines are just trying to get them slotted into new flights.  But so far, the forecast looks clear for the next few days, so I think all will be well.

Have I said yet how much I'm looking forward to Christmas this year??  Yeah, I thought so.  And to be honest, it's all about the company of loved ones and the food that'll be coming out of our kitchen.  That's what I'm excited about.  OH!!  Big news on the culinary front - we have a new gas (!!) hob AND a new oven!!  They're the stinkin' shiz!  Man, our old ones were bad, but dang.....we had no idea how bad until we've started cooking on these new ones (thanks to our landlord, who is, indeed, a star!).  I know it's corny, but the phrase "Now we're cooking with gas!" has all new meaning for me.  Literally.

So, yeah, in case you missed it last week, some may be wondering what my plans are for the holidays with regards to eating and losing weight.  There's lots of chatter in the blogging community about having a plan for the holidays to make sure you don't blow it.  My plan?  To enjoy moderation, of course.  I have no desire to go hog-wild on anything.  But I'll be damned if I'll be agonizing over what I can eat for the next 10 days.  There will be no angst or agony.  I want to use this time to sort-of test myself.  I think I've learned some good lessons the last few weeks and am learning that, on the whole, I can trust myself around good food, that I can enjoy it and then walk away.  Or so I'm hoping.

So the next two weigh-ins will be interesting to see if that has truly been the case.  If it is, it will certainly allay some fears about whether or not I will be able to maintain loss in the future.  If not, it will help me determine where I'll still need to do some work in relation to how I think about and deal with food.

As for this week's weigh-in....

Weigh-in no. 18 (-1.8)

Last week:    295.2
This week:    293.4      
Loss of           - 1.8
Total Loss     - 33.6

I'm still struggling with Week 3 of C25K.  I just can't seem to get past that last 30 seconds of the second 3 minute interval.  But as I said last week, I'm not going to pressure myself to move to Week 4 until the new year.  I did, however, do the elliptical this week for the first time since that first day starting the gym.  When I first started, I could barely do 3 minutes on the damn thing and stopped using it.  So when I decided to challenge myself on Wednesday, I set the timer for 10 minutes, sort of thinking I'd just see how much of it I could do.  Verdict?  I FINISHED ALL 10 MINUTES!  woohoo!!  I still don't enjoy the machine, but I'm no longer defeated by it, so that's a good thing.  Will see if I can increase that in the coming weeks.

Next weigh-in will be Boxing Day (26 Dec), so in case I don't post anything new in the coming week, I hope you have a great holiday!


  1. Great results as usual Jayme, I am so impressed by your consistency, for me that has always been the hard thing. And well done with the exercise.

  2. Great job, Jayme! I'm totally with you on using these couple of weeks to test maintenance skills - some days are tougher than others, but I'm proud that I've been able to enjoy a moderate treat here and there and not have a mental breakdown! We can do this! ♥

    (Oh, and about my rest days - I always do a rest day between runs, but last week I walked an 8k on Sunday and thought that since it was just walking, I would be able to run Monday - but I struggled through a mile and then had to stop. A full, complete rest day had me recharged and ready for w9d1's 3 miles, though!)

  3. You owned that elliptical!!